Recently, an online film forum answered the question, “Which cinematic work fascinated you so much that you absolutely had to go read the book it was based on?” Here are their nominees.
1. The Road (2009)
One commenter exclaimed, “You know what? I low-key understand what you mean. I saw the movie first and read the book second. I loved the movie, but the book is a different experience.”
2. No Country for Old Men (2007)
“No Country for Old Men is one of the most faithful adaptations ever, with only really the hitchhiker scene removed.” One cinephile continued, “They joked that the adaptation process only took both of them because one held the book open while the other typed.”
3. Dune (2021)
Another individual declared, “My man. I hated the original movie. Got dragged to the new one. ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. Picked up the book. It’s the only book I’ve never finished.”
4. Annihilation (2018)
I expected a bit more from the book, especially since it’s praised quite a lot for being an atmospheric masterpiece, but I’ve only read the first part so far, so I’ll see if my opinion changes with the sequels.
5. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
One Disney fan shared, “The cartoon opened my mind to surrealism in my early childhood, and I’m still happy to sit down and watch it anytime, so I’m very grateful for it. The book is also very good. It’s a way different experience than the Disney version, so I’m glad I could relive the trip as an adult with the same excitement I had as a kid.”
6. Solaris (2002)
“I saw it for the first time in my early 20s, and I didn’t get much of it, but the concept made me wonder, and I kept remembering it for years. Last December, I finally read the book, and I was shocked at how great it was.” Another moviegoer stated, “Stanislaw Lem immediately became one of my favorite writers, and right after I finished the book, I watched the movie again, and I realized how well it’s adapted and how much more sense it made now that I understood it completely.”
7. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
“First, there was Alice in Wonderland, then The Wizard of Oz. These were some of my favorite movies as a kid, and as an adult, I realized that they all fall into a subgenre of fantasy which is called “Portal Fantasy,” one cinephile recalls. “The recipe works very well for me, kid is unhappy with its life, then gets sucked into another world where everything is upside down, nothing makes sense, and realizes how much better it’s life was in the real world, so the kid must fight it’s way back to reality. I didn’t get to read it yet, but I got the first book on the shelf, and I’ve learned that Oz is quite a large series, so I can’t wait to jump into it.”
8. Jurassic Park (1993)
One fanatic tells a story, “I was in 3rd grade, and all my friends were raving about it. My parents refused to let me see it. I begged non-stop, and finally, my dad relented and said, ‘Fine, you can see it, but only after you read the book’. 5 months later, I finally sat down to watch it……the book was better.”
9. The Martian (2015)
Several avid readers exclaimed, “The book is a fairly quick read, around 500+ pages, I think, but it reads very well, and you can almost hear his sarcasm throughout the entire experience, just like in the movie. I never felt as though there was a dull moment from the jump.”
10. Salem’s Lot (1979)
“Now, I never had ANY intention of watching that movie because it just looked horrible, so I picked up the book instead, and I gotta say, it does NOT disappoint.” A bunch of Stephen King fans wrote, “King has to be the literal ‘king’ of character building.”
11. The Hunger Games (2012)
“There was a very important aspect lost in the movies that were prevalent in the novels, and that was the consistent breaking down of food. In the book, most people are extremely poor, which means they are almost always hungry and in search of food.” A film critic continues, “It would go into the look, smell, texture, temperature, color, firmness, the distance between salt sprinkles, and how it felt crunching in her mouth. Just a VERY specific breakdown of everything like that relating to food.”
12. The Exorcist (1973)
There is no comparison to this film. The Exorcist is not only a great horror film but a great film in general. But when you are holding the film against the book, it’s no contest. Somebody denoted, “The book is terrifying. The only book that ever got under my skin.”
13. Lord of the Rings (2001)
A final user answered, “While the books are beyond amazing, the visuals that Jackson created just elevate it slightly. We’ll never see anything like it at the cinema again.”
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